All the parts you've picked seem to be good, solid ones so I'll just chime in with my $.02 on the ones you need to pick on.
For the motherboard, the P5B-E is a notably better performer all-around. While the DS3 has been quickly embraced by Forumgoers and other custom builders, the P5B-E is turning a lot of heads, and the major reviewers already recognize it as the better of the two. I just got done reading Anandtech's review on the DS3 with the F9 BIOS, and while it was an impressive showing, it left a little to be desired at the top-end. Here's a quote;
In order to complete the dual Prime95 testing we had to further relax our memory timings to 5-7-6-20, which resulted in the majority of our benchmark scores being worse than our 7x505 results. Our ASUS P5B-E 1.02G motherboard will run our entire benchmark test suite at 4-4-4-12 memory timings at the same 7x520FSB,so we feel Gigabyte still has some memory and MCH tuning to complete in the next BIOS release.
Both of those memory sticks are excellent, with the OCZ edging out the G.Skill with its slightly tighter timings, but 4-4-4-15 timings aren't worth the extra money over 5-5-5-15. You likely won't even notice the difference in performance, but you will probably notice the extra room in your budget.
With the money saved on the memory, spend an extra $10 on the 450W version
of the Forton PSU (it has slightly higher +12v rails). Call it more peace of mind.
And I'm delighted to hear that the sticky is getting read by people.
(2) - I say that you should jump into DX10 as soon as you can. If you can afford a 8800GTS in this build, then I highly suggest going with it. You will love yourself when Crysis comes out.
(4) - "Thermal tape" comes with the CPU, it has already been applied on the bottom of the HSF. However, while it helps, it is highly recommended that you get some cheap (~$5) Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste. And contrary to what you may have heard, EST is quite real. While I've never personally fallen victim to it, I have plenty of careless friends who have fried parts (mainly videocards) while rolling around on their carpets. Cheap Anti-Static wrist guards are highly recommended to save your hundreds of dollars' worth of hardware.
Hope that helped you with your build. :classic:
Originally posted by Ste
I just want to Note that Tris thread failed to mention that they weren't using a 400 Watt Fortron to power that Machine, they were using a 600 watt TT toughpower. The 600 TT Toughpower is the lowest Power supply with an efficency of 85%. ( Lowest of the TT's)
I kinda thought that to be interesting.
I sort of expected people to read through the article that I linked.
And while I didn't say that they were using a TT Toughpower, I did say this;
Now note this; Incase you didn't read the article, they mention that the power being measured is from the wall, meaning that the actual power supplied to the components is less, after factoring in the PSU efficiency. They are using a Power Supply that has an efficiency rating of 85% (excellent).
And I don't see how the power supply used is relevant. All I wanted to take from the article was how much power was being pulled from the wall. And I did include .85 (85%) in my calculations to get the actual power being fed to the components.